A TTCF grant of $5,000 arrived just in time to purchase new paddle boards for the start of the season, for junior members of the St Clair Junior Surf Lifesaving Club aged 7-14 years to begin training in earnest. The kids were super excited to unpack the boards and head into the surf. Secretary Mary Andrew says the Club has grown significantly over the past five years to over 140 junior members. “They have an impressive record competing at regional and national level and this grant will help educate, train and foster the skills needed to be the lifesavers of our future.”
Integral to their training at the Dojo in Island Bay is ‘bokken and jo’, wooden equipment funded by a TTCF grant. Shodokan Aikido is a soft form martial art, excellent for self defense, improving fitness and self-esteem. Run entirely by volunteers, the organisation offers young people aged 9 to 12 years who may be under confident, facing bullying, or needing to develop discipline and resilience, the opportunity to train in martial arts free of charge.
TTCF’s first multi-year grant involved a total sum of $3 million for the redevelopment of West Auckland’s Lopdell Precinct, including the restoration of the iconic Lopdell House in Titirangi and the construction of a new adjacent art gallery. The new regional gallery has been built to nationally accepted museum and art gallery standards, providing twice the present exhibition space, new teaching areas, delivery workshop, preparation and storage spaces, and new electrical and air-conditioning services. Other significant funders of this $20 million major project were Auckland Council, the Lottery Grants Board and Foundation North.
A TTCF grant towards the cost of ‘talking books’ is opening up a world of imagination for Brianna and other visually impaired children, enabling them to able to access their favourite stories.